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Two commercial property owners sued a municipality to challenge its sprinkler ordinance. The businesses claimed that the burden to comply outweighed any benefit of having an automatic sprinkler system installed. They also claimed that the ordinance was unconstitutional because it applied to commercial buildings but not residential dwellings and that the ordinance was an unconstitutional “taking” of their property. The trial court upheld the sprinkler ordinance, finding that it provided a public safety benefit that outweighed the property owners’ cost to comply. The court also rejected the owners’ equal protection argument, finding that commercial buildings and residential buildings are not
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